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Pilot Begins of Microsoft Teams-Salesforce CRM Integration

A new capability that lets Microsoft Teams users access information from the Salesforce.com customer relationship management (CRM) platform debuted this week.

Microsoft's Azure Space Program Gets 'Modular' Datacenters

Microsoft recently unveiled its new Azure Modular Datacenters, boxcar-like structures that can deliver compute and storage capabilities anywhere on earth.

Version 20H2 of Windows 10 and Windows Server Released

The October 2020 updates of Windows 10 and Windows Server, also known as version 20H2, were released by Microsoft on Tuesday.

Phishing Attacks Impersonate Microsoft's Brand the Most

Security solutions firm Check Point this week gave Microsoft the dubious distinction of being the "most imitated" company used for phishing attacks.

Remote Work To Drive Higher Cloud, IT Services Spending in 2021

Global tech spending has taken a hit in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but analysts expect it to rebound next year.

As Office 2010 Loses Support, Microsoft Touts Microsoft 365 Alternative

Microsoft talked up emerging Microsoft 365 capabilities as "perpetual-license" versions of Office -- namely Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac -- lost support this week.

Microsoft Touts Arm Partnership on Edge Devices and Azure Tools

Microsoft and Arm are collaborating on Azure developer tools for "intelligent edge devices" that use artificial intelligence, per a Thursday announcement.

IBM Splits Itself in Two

Big Blue is splitting its operations as part of an ongoing effort to become the world's top hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) provider.

Microsoft 365 Adds Feature for Partners Managing Multiple Tenants

Microsoft partners that work with multiple customers can now begin to use Microsoft's new "All Tenants" feature in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center portal.

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Veeam Acquires Partner Kasten in Kubernetes Backup Move

In a deal valued at $150 million, cloud data management and backup solutions company Veeam is acquiring its partner Kasten.

Nintex Acquires Fellow Workflow Automation Firm K2

Microsoft partners Nintex and K2 Software Inc., both process management and automation specialists based in Bellevue, Wash., are about to get closer.

End of Microsoft's Open License Program Leaves Door Open for CSPs

Microsoft's 20-year-old Open License program for SMBs will be phased out in 2022, leaving a crucial role open for Cloud Solution Providers to fill.

Microsoft To Switch to Subscription Model for Some Server Products

New application server products coming from Microsoft in the second half of 2021 will be offered only on a subscription basis.

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Microsoft Positions Itself as the Platform of Choice for 5G

As telecom companies begin rolling out 5G services, Microsoft is touting its 5G bona fides, namely Azure support for SDN.

Microsoft's Enterprise Security Lineup Gets a 'Defender'-Centric Rebrand

Microsoft renamed many of its enterprise security solutions at Ignite last week to include the phrase "Microsoft Defender."

Ivanti Plans Double Acquisition of Pulse Secure and MobileIron

In a bid to enhance its mobile endpoint security offerings, Ivanti announced on Monday "definitive agreements" to acquire MobileIron and Pulse Secure.

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SharePoint Takes Ignite Spotlight with Project Nucleus and Syntex Announcements

Microsoft detailed some upcoming advances to SharePoint at Ignite this week, including a new Project Cortex product called "Syntex."

Microsoft Tops $2.5B Mojang Deal with $7.5B ZeniMax Buy

Microsoft on Monday announced its intent to acquire games maker ZeniMax, owner of Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion in cash.

Nvidia Buys Chip Maker Arm for $40 Billion

Nvidia has entered into a "definitive agreement" to acquire U.K.-based chip design company Arm Ltd. from the SoftBank Group in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $40 billion.

Microsoft Making Progress on Windows Virtual Desktop

A recent "Desktops in the Cloud" podcast chat gives some insight into Microsoft's progress on its Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service.